Round 3 starts tonight, and so do the captaincy options with Brodie Grundy going up against a third string ruckman and Lachie Neale looking to bounce back for his owners.
The SuperCoach Sanctum Podcast has done the analysis and taken a look at the five best captaincy options for the Easter weekend of footy.
Brodie Grundy $648,200
Grundy got his season back on track last week after a shaky first round, recording 135 against the Blues and Marc Pittonet. On Thursday night he comes up against Connor Ballenden, Brisbane’s third string ruckman with Oscar McInerny suffering an ankle injury and Archie Smith still dealing with a shoulder issue.
Grundy only holds an average of 103 against the Lions, and a high of 121, but will be eager to take advantage of the inexperienced pair of Ballenden and Fullarton at Marvel Stadium. He is the competition’s high watermark for ruckmen with 28 hitouts to advantage so far this season, and the highest hitout winning percentage through two rounds.
His breakeven is 175 so owners will be holding him with the knowledge his price will most likely fall, however, Grundy looks primed to explode on Good Friday Eve and owners should be moving the VC on to him at the very least this week.
Jack Macrae $650,100
The Western Bulldogs midfield knows how to share the ball around, ranking first for disposals and third in clearances despite being 18th in hitouts through the first two rounds of the season. When coupled with their matchup against North Melbourne on Good Friday, Bulldogs on-ballers should be very popular captaincy options this week.
Macrae had 41 touches against the Eagles at Marvel on Sunday for a score of 137. What was most interesting about this performance was that he should have scored more; no tackles and a missed shot at goal hurt his scoring in what could have been an even bigger game for the All Australian ball magnet.
North Melbourne has given up points to midfields in bunches this season and Macrae will be licking his chops as he takes to the field on Friday afternoon. Beating his career high of 153 against North isn’t out of the question.
Marcus Bontempelli $623,900
Bontempelli had his three Brownlow votes locked up by three quarter time last week and was at his dynamic best in the forward half.
His 145 point performance included 30 disposals at 93 per cent efficiency, and three goals including the sealer. He couldn’t have done much more, willing his side back from a three goal deficit in the last quarter against West Coast. He loves playing at Marvel and looks in ripping condition to start a big 2021 season.
North Melbourne doesn’t have a player who can contain Bontempelli when he’s in his best form like last week, and with a career average of 115 against the Roos you can expect him to flourish under the roof on Good Friday.
Travis Boak $590,400
The former Port Adelaide captain and reigning All Australian just keeps performing at the highest of levels. A career year at age 31 saw Boak finish second in the Brownlow last year and he hasn’t lost a step this season, averaging 140 through the first two rounds.
This form has seen 7,266 coaches jump on the Power superstar before his price rises at the conclusion of round 3, with his score of 160 in the opening round of the season showcasing his huge ceiling in SuperCoach.
Boak has a career high of 153 against the Eagles, who have been giving up points in bunches to midfielders including Bontempelli, Macrae and Dunkley last week.
It may take a bold coach to captain him this week, but he’ll will be out to reward his coaches on Saturday night against West Coast.
Max Gawn $751,400
Melbourne’s captain was back to his elite intercept marking best last weekend against a rookie ruckman in Paul Hunter, and this week he comes up against another rookie opponent in Matt Flynn.
Gawn had a lazy 137 points last week which was still below his average output a season prior, but that’s what you pay for with the star big man. He is a great fall back option if your Vice Captain doesn’t fire in the first few games as he plays in the second last game of the round on Sunday night.
A career high against GWS of 160 is in reach while his career average of 115 against them includes a 55. There isn’t much to be said about Gawn that hasn’t already; captaining him will hold your team in good stead this weekend.
To take your Vice Captain’s score in a round, simply put a non-playing player on your field and place the captaincy on him – your VC score will be doubled and emergency brought on for the non-playing player.
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